Monday, December 03, 2007

Teddy bear 'infidel' pardoned

I don't mean to be insensitive but Sudan is one [mess]ed up place.

You have a military dictatorship that refuses to uphold a peace deal that ended a long civil war in the south of the country. One that sponsors a genocide in the west of the country.

But the rent-a-mobs want a teacher to be murdered for naming a teddy bear.

I realize there's more to it. Clearly, the dictatorship doesn't want the planned UN peacekeeping force to be deployed in Darfur... a mission which it has been resisting for years. So authorities whipped up this tempest about a British teacher who let her class name a teddy bear Mohammed... a boy in the class named Mohammed suggested the teddy bear have the same name.

This tempest in a teapot allowed the regime to whip up pseudo-religious and nationalist fanaticism that would give it an excuse to resist the UN force a little longer.

Plus, the decision of the dictator, Gen. Omar al-Bashir, to pardon the teacher makes him look like the good guy. It made him look like a moderate, bravely resisting the hysterical rent-a-mobs (which his regime was probably instrumental in creating in the first place)... illustrating yet again that religious extremism is dangerous regardless of who does it.

I guess when you're sponsoring genocide, you need all the good PR you can get... no matter how you get it.


Mark said...

He needed a distraction, he found one.
Khartoum 1, decency, 0.

Brian said...

Mark, they're sponsoring genocide. The teddy bear flap is the least of their crimes.

It's more like... Khartoum 144, decency 0.

A Social Skidmark said...

It's a crazy world. I'm glad I don't live in it.

A Social Skidmark said...

Isn't it kinda funny that the people who are the least tolerant of the rest of the world expect/demand the most tolerance from the rest of the world?

Brian said...

You're absolutely right. Religious fanatics (Christian, Muslim or otherwise) demand people bend over backwards for them but are the most closed-minded people on the planet... and usually want to resort to violence as a first option.